artificial meaning

[ ˌɑ:ti'fiʃəl ] Pronunciation:   "artificial" in a sentence
Adjective: artificial  `aa(r)tu'fishul
  1. Contrived by art rather than nature
    "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavouring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
    - unreal 
  2. Artificially formal
    "that artificial humility that her husband hated"
    - contrived, hokey [N. Amer], stilted 
  3. Not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes

See also: affected, arranged, artificiality, artificially, bionic, bleached, cardboard, celluloid, colored [US], coloured [Brit, Cdn], conventionalised [Brit], conventionalized, counterfeit, dummy, dyed, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitation, imitative, inorganic, man-made, near, painted, semisynthetic, simulated, staged, stylised [Brit], stylized, substitute, synthetic, unlifelike, unnatural, unreal

Antonym: natural

Encyclopedia: Artificial


Made to resemble a natural material or object, for example, faux marbre.

1 : humanly contrived often on a natural model ‹an artificial limb› ‹an artificial eye› ‹an artificial heart›
2 : based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships ‹an artificial key for identification of a group of organisms› — ar·ti·fi·cial·ly adv


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  1. they are all superfluous and artificial.
  2. she has got such an artificial mind.
  3. an artificial language has no vitality.
  4. she owes her beauty to artificial assistance.
  5. she lives in a totally artificial world.

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